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Blood Magic: The Anthropology of Menstruation

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Publisher Comments:

Examining cultures as diverse as long-house dwellers in North Borneo, African farmers, Welsh housewives, and postindustrial American workers, this volume dramatically redefines the anthropological study of menstrual customs. It challenges the widespread image of a universal "menstrual taboo" as well as the common assumption of universal female subordination which underlies it. Contributing important new material and perspectives to our understanding of comparative gender politics and symbolism, it is of particular importance to those interested in anthropology, women's studies, religion, and comparative health systems.

Synopsis:

"Sets the stage for an ethnography of menstruation beliefs and will, I predict, be viewed as the opening work of a whole ethnographic tradition . . . will be widely cited."and#151;Anna Meigs, Macalester College

"Provides a concise and complete critique of the literature and thinking on menstrual practices and introduces new analyses and concepts with regard to previously unknown material."and#151;Ann L. Wright, University of Arizona

Table of Contents

1. A critical appraisal of theories of menstrual symbolism / Thomas Buckley and Alma Gottlieb — 2. Menstrual cosmology among the Beng of Ivory Coast /Alma Gottlieb — 3. Mortal flow / Carol Delaney — 4. Menstruation among the Rungus of Borneo / Laura W.R. Appell — 5. Menstrual politics / Denise L. Lawrence --6. Menstrual symbolism in South Wales / Vieda Skultans — 7. Premenstrual syndrome / Emily Martin --8. Menstruation and the power of Yurok women — 9. Heavenly bodies / Frederick Lamp — 10. Menstrual synchrony and the Australian rainbow snake / Chris Knight.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520063501
Editor:
Buckley, Thomas
Editor:
Gottlieb, Alma
Editor:
Buckley, Thomas
Editor:
Gottlieb, Alma
Author:
Gottlieb, Alma
Author:
Buckley, Thomas
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women's Health - General
Subject:
Women's Studies - History
Subject:
Menstruation
Subject:
Blood (in religion, folk-lore, etc.)
Subject:
Menstruation -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Gender Studies-General
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
vol. 6
Publication Date:
19880631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
line illustrations
Pages:
275
Dimensions:
8.19x5.49x.84 in. .87 lbs.

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"Sets the stage for an ethnography of menstruation beliefs and will, I predict, be viewed as the opening work of a whole ethnographic tradition . . . will be widely cited."and#151;Anna Meigs, Macalester College

"Provides a concise and complete critique of the literature and thinking on menstrual practices and introduces new analyses and concepts with regard to previously unknown material."and#151;Ann L. Wright, University of Arizona

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